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Support Mark 'Fightshark' Miller Through a Tough Time

  • Written by Dave Walsh

Fightshark

If you follow American Kickboxing chances are you know about Mark Miller. Mark competed in Kickboxing for years, making his way onto K-1 USA events, which at the time was about as good as an American Kickboxer could ever hope for. Things went a little haywire for Mark in the mid-00's when the loss of three members of his family was compounded with him finding out that he had a heart condition, CHD, which led to him having to have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve.

Mark's story led to a triumphant comeback in 2011 when he was the first fighter to come back from open heart surgery with a stunning nine second knockout on Nikolaj Falin. The year 2012 wasn't as charitable to him with two losses to Sergei Kharitonov and Koichi Watanabe, but 2013 was beginning to take shape for him as he was scheduled to fight at GLORY 12 in New York. That is where our story starts to come together, though, as he came down with a bad case of bronchitis. This bronchitis led to a bad case of pneumonia, which ultimately led to congenital heart failure and a very, very pricey trip to the hospital.

Not only did it mean that his chances of fighting at GLORY 12 were dashed, it also meant a week-long stay in the hospital hooked up to a dialysis machine. The kicker here is that Mark doesn't have health insurance. Now, before you begin pointing fingers, cursing and calling anyone a moocher, it isn't for lack of effort. See, Mark has CHD and type 1 diabetes, which makes insurance companies almost immediately turn him down due to his "preexisting conditions." Say what you will about Obama's Affordable Care Act, but under that act Mark would be able to purchase his own insurance and have help with his medical bills. Instead he is faced with potentially a six figure medical bill, which is just another in a long line of medical bills that he's had to foot due to insurance companies being unwilling to touch him.

So if you can, donate what you can to help him out.

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